Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Friedheim
10653 N 550 W
Decatur, IN  46733

 Rev. Daniel F. Dahling
547-4248 (Office)
547-4534 (Parsonage)

Website – www.zionfriedheim.org
Pastor’s E-Mail – pastor@zionfriedheim.org
Secretary’s E-Mail – churchoffice@zionfriedheim.org

Mr. Lowell Timm, Principal, Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School
Mrs. Sandy Blomenberg, Director of Music

Welcome!  If you are a guest, we ask that you sign one of our guest registries, found in either entranceway of the church.  If you are communing, take a moment to complete a communion registration card (found in either entranceway of the church) and give it to one of the Deacons or place it in the offering plate.  Please come back and worship with us again soon.   
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Easter 2
30, 2008

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

The Order of Service

Divine Service Setting Three, Page 184

The Hymns

LSB #816; #472; #924
Readings Faith in the Resurrected Lord
Acts 5:29-42  Faith that witnesses
1 Peter 1:3-9 Faith without sight
John 20:19-31  Faith with sight
The Sermon

“I Demand Evidence!” – John 20:19-31

To help us stand up to such criticism we have Thomas to thank.  Thomas is Easter’s version of Ebenezer. “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.”  Consider Thomas’ demand for evidence.

1.       “I too must be a witness”

2.       “I must see His marks”

These words are for you

The Acolyte

Rosa DeKoninck


+  Soli Deo Gloria  +

Statement of Communion Practice

In the Lord’s Supper, the Risen Christ is at once the Giver and the Gift!  By His promise, His very body and blood are really present; and thereby we come into immediate contact with the exalted Christ!  As we do so, witness is also given to oneness in doctrine by those who receive the Sacrament together.  For this reason, we practice close communion and kindly ask guests to speak with the pastor before the service.

We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Micki Blomenberg, Angie Buuck, Valerie Jackson, Les Conrad, Carissa Schultz, Jodi Svoboda, Aaron M. Conrad, Ted Gallmeyer, Ben Miller, and Rich Scheumann.  We also remember those in the teaching ministry—Addy Schuller who teaches at Bethlehem (Ossian), Brittany Franke, Ashtyn Freimuth, Allison Hormann, Angie Lichtle, and Pam Everett, who help in our Sunday School classes, and Dean Wass, our Wyneken 5th grade teacher.  May our loving Savior direct, bless, and guide their lives.

May the Great Physician grant health and strength to all who are in need of His healing hand.  We especially remember in our prayers Gerhard Kiefer who is at Ossian Health Care, Walter Nuerge who has returned home, Nona Wade, Doris Conrad’s sister, Eli Sella (Gideon & Kelly Sella’s son and Cindy Houser’s nephew), who is a patient at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Donna Schieferstein, who has returned home, Zac Nahrwold (nephew of Don & Dave Buuck), who is regaining his strength at home following another surgery, Kelly Baumann (Trevor’s wife), and Troy Sinar (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew).

We remember those who are serving our country—Brian Moeller who is in Iraq, Jason Putteet who is in South Korea, Cam Koldyke (Audra’s husband) who is in Iraq, our reservists, Josh, Zach, and Jacob Stoppenhagen who are in Iraq, Mike Brandt, Cody Kiess (grandson of Gene & Irene Kiess), Josh Colwell (Tiffany’s husband), Danny Cross (Laura Knipstein’s fiancée), and Brian Journay (grandson of Dick & Alma Miller), as well as Lydia Reynolds (niece of Dick & Donna Hileman), Steven Banks (Dick & Donna Hileman’s nephew) who is a Marine serving in Iraq,  James Johnson (Jean Timm’s nephew), Chad Hall (Doris Conrad’s son-in-law) who is in the Army stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas, and Randy McAllister (Fern Riemke’s son and brother of Kim, Terry, and Julie) who is serving in Germany.  May the Lord protect and guide them in their missions.

We keep the members of St. John’s Bingen and Zion Lutheran in Decatur in our prayers as they have called ministers to serve their congregations.  Bingen has issued a call to Rev. Daniel Grams from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Garfield, New Jersey, while Zion, Decatur, has issued a call to Rev. Philip Bloch at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Seymour, Indiana.  May our Heavenly Father guide these men as they contemplate these calls.

You can watch Worship for Shut Ins on Sunday mornings at 6:30 a.m. on WPTA-TV Channel 21, at 8 a.m. on Digital 33.2 & Satellite 252 on Sunday mornings, or on Comcast Cable Channel 55 on Sunday and Monday afternoons at 4 p.m.  

 Tune in to the Lutheran Hour which airs on Sunday on WLW (700) out of Cincinnati at 7 a.m. and on Van Wert stations WERT (1220) and WKSD (99.7 FM) at 10:30 a.m.   The program is broadcast on Sundays at 8:05 a.m. on WZBD (92.7 FM) and on WFCV (1090 AM) at 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Lutheran Hour can also be heard on WOWO (1190 AM) on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. 

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”   Next week’s theme is “According to God’s Plan.”

Board of Stewardship’s Food for Thought – Credit Card Debt – As the bumper sticker reads, “I owe, I owe, it’s off to work I go.”  Before sharing some debt statistics and causes of overspending, here are some words from Scripture that caution us about debt.  In Proverbs 22:7, “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”  In Luke 12:15 Jesus said, “Watch out!  Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”   In Romans 13:8 the Apostle Paul wrote, “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another…”  To live beyond one’s means is not only foolish, it is a violation of God’s will regarding the management of the money that God has given to us.  Today the average US household has approximately $9,000 in credit card bills.  In the last decade the indebtedness has more than doubled.  To pay the compound interest on credit cards will cause many people severe financial problems.  So why do people live beyond their means?  The following are four temptations that cause overspending—1) Pride:   People will respect me more in the light of my increased possessions; 2) Selfishness:  I deserve to accumulate things despite negative consequences, 3) Greed:  I need that luxury car and bigger house even though I can’t afford them; and 4) Covetousness:  If my neighbors have it, I want it, too, but I want it bigger, better, and newer.  If these temptations are causing you problems, you need to ask God for strength to deal with them.  With God’s strength, we cannot only overcome our spending problems, we can learn to be content.  A contented person is content with less and is less likely to overspend.  As Epicurus, a Greek philosopher said, “If you want to make a man happy, add not to his riches but take away from his desires.”  How blessed we will be when and if we understand that our happiness is not dependent upon what we have or own.

The LLL/LWML Zone Spring Rally will be held next Sunday, April 6, at 3 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Roanoke.  Gary Hemrick, Chief Administrative Officer, and Angie Moellering, Director of Advancement, (both from Lutheran Social Services) will be the guest speakers.  A light meal will be served following the meeting.  Mark it on your calendar and plan on attending!  The LWML Spring Praise Service, “Secure in Jesus, My Rock and Fortress, I Step Out in Faith,” will be held here at Friedheim on Saturday, April 19, with registration at 8:30 a.m. and the service beginning at 9 a.m.  Please mark this date on your calendar.  The ingathering for both events is adult vitamins.  These will be taken to Guatemala for the Servant’s Heart project this summer.  Lea Ann Fifer, a member of Bingen, will be making this mission trip. Donation boxes can be found in either entranceway of the church for you to place your adult vitamin donation.  Thank you in advance for your help with this project.

Council Members:  The minutes of the March 11 Council Meeting can be found in your slots in either entranceway of the church.  You may pick them up as you leave the worship service today.  The next Council Meeting is Tuesday, April 1, in the church basement at 8 p.m.

Dr. Horace D. Hummel will lead a course on “Ezekiel” at the Seminary from May 12-14.  For more information you can contact Carrie O’Donnell (260-452-2241).  The Seminary also has a new Continuing Education page on their website.  You can log on to www.ctsfw.edu/continuing-ed/index.php and register from this site.

Monica Stoppenhagen is the “Meals of Grace” coordinator for April.  If you know of someone who could benefit from this ministry of our church, please contact Monica at 547-4405. 

Shelly Kiefer and Tina Geels are on Altar Guild for the month of April, while Paul Drier & Chris Gorman are LYF ushers for the month.

The LWML Quarterlies are here as are the new Portals of Prayer.  Both can be found in either entranceway of the church and may be picked up you leave the worship service this morning.

Pastor Dahling will be at Woodcrest on Thursday, April 10, for their chapel service.  Your help is needed.  Some residents need assistance to get to this chapel service.  You would need to be at Woodcrest around 12:45 p.m.  If you are willing to help, please contact Pastor Dahling.  Thanks in advance!

There is still some unfinished business from the Soup & Sandwich.  If you were a Committee Chair and haven’t yet returned your letter to Rich & Kim Weiland about procedures and recommendations for next year, please do so as soon as possible.  Thank you!

The Trustees have set a date for the spring church clean-up.  It will be held on Saturday, April 12, beginning at 8 a.m.  There will probably be projects both inside and out.  The more willing hands (and perhaps, rakes and gloves) that show up that day, the faster the projects will be accomplished.  Thanks!

Concordia Theological Seminary is offering two new retreats.  Dr. Gary Zieroth of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Kingsville, Maryland will present the Men’s Retreat, Real Men Follow Jesus, on April 4 and 5.  This retreat will focus on God’s Word regarding such topics as masculinity, spiritual leadership, and the future of men in the church.  In addition to the meaty Bible Study, they’ll have basketball (three on three if you are up to that and on the big screen, as it is NCAA Final Four weekend), burgers, brats, and Lutheran beverage.  Dr. Adam Francisco will lead a seminar on Islam, Christians and the Challenge of Islam, on Saturday, April 19.  Hear about Muhammad and the origins of Islam, the Christian response to the challenge of Islam, political Islam today, and Muslims and the Gospel.  Information sheets about each of these retreats can be found in either entranceway of the church.

The “Friends of Wyneken” are sponsoring a fundraising bus trip to Centerville, Indiana for shopping and then on to a tour and historically prepared hearth supper at the 1841 Huddleston House in Cambridge City, Indiana on Saturday, May 3.  The bus will leave the Ft. Wayne South K Mart at 7:30 a.m., with stops at Gerber’s North Plaza in Decatur at 8:30 a.m., and in Portland behind Bandido’s (the old Wal Mart) at 8:45 a.m.  At Centerville you will have about four hours to shop (the town is full of antique stores and other shops) and enjoy lunch on your own.  At 3:00 p.m., the group heads to the Huddleston House for a hearth supper, plus a narrated tour of the house and entertainment.  Around 6:30 p.m. you’ll head back home.  The cost is $70 per person.  Reservations are needed by Saturday, April 5.  For reservations or more information, you can contact Pendy Selking (547-4422) or Karen Heller (724-7959).

Come and be a part of Lutherfest on Friday, April 18, at the Ft. Wayne Seminary.  From 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. you can enjoy a delicious German meal served in Katherine Luther Dining Hall.  At 7 p.m. you can listen to a presentation on the History of the Seminary in Sihler Auditorium.  This fundraiser will help purchase materials to create a timeline of the history of the seminary.  Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.  For ticket information you can call 260-452-2204 or e-mail martzlb@ctsfw.edu.

Christ’s Child Learning Corner at Concordia Theological Seminary is hiring a part-time floater and substitute teachers.  If you are a servant of Christ and love working with children, this is an opportunity for you!  Contact the CCLS Director, Renita Nahrwold at 452-2240 for an application.

Hymns, both classic and new, will be featured at Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church, 1301 S. Anthony Blvd., at a hymn festival next Sunday, April 6, at 4 p.m.  Come and join in this special festival built around the theme of “The City in Scripture and Song.”  Seminarian Randall Wurschmidt will be the festival organist and members of the Concordia Theological Brass Ensemble will accompany the hymn singing.  The Rev. Peter Cage of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the Rev. Prof. Jeffrey Pulse of Concordia Theological Seminary, and Shepherd’s vacancy pastor, the Rev. Prof. Harold Senkbeil, will give brief homilies.  A reception will be held immediately following the festival.  For more information, e-mail shepherdfwl@verizon.net or call 260-422-3790.

SAVE THIS DATE…A Hog Roast/Poker Run Benefit for Nick and Rebecca Hoffman is planned for Saturday, May 10, at Preble Fireman’s Park.  The benefit starts at noon.  This event is to help with their expenses after a serious car accident (due to fog) on Highway 1 on February 23.  Thankfully, they have been released from the hospital, but not after enduring numerous surgeries (and, thus, lots of hospital bills).  Thrivent will be using “Helping Hands” funds for this event.  Weather permitting, there will be volleyball and games for families until 6 p.m.  The Brave Generation and the Ladies Ensemble from Bellmont will be performing in the afternoon.  The band, BIRCH, will be performing at 7:30 p.m.  There will also be raffles of donated goods and services from local businesses (more information to follow).  T-shirts can be pre-ordered for this event.  If you have any questions or would like to help with this event, donate, or order a T-shirt, please call Sarah Friedt at 260-433-2746.  Please keep this family in your prayers.

St. Peter-Immanuel Lutheran School is hosting its 7th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction-Hoedown ’08 at Quixote Hills in Hoagland on Friday, April 18.  Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m.  This year’s dinner will be a hog roast and will include, roast pork, sauerkraut, green beans, mashed potatoes, dinner roll & butter and an assortment of pies.  Bill Werling and his band, Breakaway, will play from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Tickets are $20 each.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Angie Bienz at 724-4379.

St. John’s Bingen will have their annual Fish Fry next Sunday, April 6, at Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School.  Serving will be from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.  There will also be a craft and bake sale.  You are invited to attend.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church (Fuelling) is serving Nelson’s chicken and ribs next Sunday, April 6.  They will be serving at the church from 10:30 a.m. to noon and at Gerber’s on 224 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The cost is $5 for one-half chicken and $8 for a full slab or ribs.

You are invited to Poe’s Pancake and Sausage brunch today at the Poe Volunteer Fire Department.  Serving started at 9 a.m. and continues until 1 p.m.  The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children (ages 6-12), and free for those children under the age of 6.  Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is supplying matching funds with all proceeds going towards a new engine in Fire Truck 102.

Attendance:  Good Friday Worship Service – 133 with 104 receiving Holy Communion; Easter Sunrise Service – 83; Easter Festival Service – 292 with 189 receiving Holy Communion; Monday Night Bible Class – ?; Busy Women’s Bible Class – 7; Early-bird Bible Class - ??

A special thank you to all the members of Friedheim for the well wishes, notes, and birthday cards that I received on my 100th birthday.  It meant so much to me to hear from each one of you.  May the Lord richly bless you for the love and kindness shown to me.  – Mrs. Lydia Kalthoff



Last Week’s Contributions

Home Purpose


Missions – 3/20
Missions – 3/21
Missions – 3/22


Wyneken News

Although Ultra Zone is no longer on the order sheet, there are still a few certificates in stock.  SCRIP is also available in the school office at Wyneken on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays and after school on Wednesday and Friday afternoons.    See Kim about purchasing SCRIP this morning.  You can e-mail her at kimw@jwgroupinc.com to place your SCRIP order.

Wyneken’s Mini 4-H will meet on April 7 and April 14 from 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is open to students in Kindergarten through Grade 2.  Dues are $6.  Parental helpers would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact Cindy Gallmeyer (724-4047) if you need more information or would like to help.

Wyneken’s Spring Break started on (Good Friday) with classes resuming tomorrow, March 31.  East Allen schools will observe their spring break this week.  Parents, if your child rides an East Allen bus, you will have to make arrangements for transportation both to and from school this week.  Remember, if you need to use the Extended Care program, contact Tami Schultz at 639-6064.

Enrollment forms for the 2008-2009 school year were mailed last week.  If you don’t receive yours in a timely manner, please contact the school (639-6177).  To avoid a $25 late fee, registration forms need to be returned by Friday, April 11.

An informational packet on the 21st Century Scholars Program is available in the school office for families with children in 7th and 8th grades.  This program provides college tuition funds to qualifying families.  Check out the eligibility requirements and get your forms mailed in by the deadline.

Thank you for all the monies and hygiene products that were collected for the Servant’s Heart Ministry in Guatemala.  Through your generosity, six children will be able to attend school for a whole year (this doubled our goal).

You still have time to return your pledge cards for the Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, April 17, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The cards need to be returned to the school office by Tuesday, April 1.

Market Day order forms are need to be returned to the school office by Wednesday, April 2, with Internet orders due by noon on Saturday, April 5.  Pick-up date is on Thursday, April 10, in the old gym from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  This month, the school can receive a 30% profit of gourmet sauces and mixes.  Make sure you look over these items when putting your order together.  Also look over the items in speedy suppers, scrumptious skewers, healthy appetite, quick kid fix, pie paradise, and some of the dessert specials for reduced price items.  Any questions, contact Sharon Franke (623-3992).

Students will be participating in the Jump Rope for Heart fitness program, sponsored by the American Heart Association, on Monday, April 7.  You can sponsor a child with a pledge or send a donation to Wyneken.  (Checks should be made payable to the American Heart Association.)

The PTL Square Dance has been scheduled for Friday, April 11, at the Hoagland Hayloft Reception Hall.  This year it will be a family dance, all are welcome, both young and old!  Come out to hear Bill Werling and his band, Breakaway.  A family pass (this includes members in your household) is available for $35.  Individual tickets are $7.  Pre-sale tickets can be gotten from Kim Weiland as well as in the school office.  Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner being served from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The dance itself will be from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

The PTL Mother/Son Bowling & Pizza Event has been set for Sunday, April 6, at the Decatur 224 Lanes.  Registration continues until April 4 (or until all lanes are filled, whichever comes first).  The first bowling session is 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with pizza being served at 12:30 p.m.  The second session will follow from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., with pizza served at 5 p.m.  The cost is $3 per person, which includes two hours of bowling and two slices of pizza per person.  Drinks are extra.  There is a limit of 64 people per session.  Turn in your registration form with payment to the school office.

The final PTL meeting of the year is scheduled for Monday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room.  There will be an election of officers and next year’s budget will be finalized.

The Spring Solo & Ensemble Festival for our Wyneken band students (both beginner and advanced) will be held on Tuesday, April 15, at 7 p.m.  Plan on attending.

The Wyneken Music Department will present their annual Spring Music Concert on Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m.  Those participating include recorders, chimes, band (both beginners and advanced), Wyneken Chorus, the 6th-8th grade choirs.  All are invited to attend this special evening of musical entertainment.

The Wyneken Chorus will sing at Friedheim on Sunday, April 13.  They also will sing at the LWML Spring Praise Service at Friedheim on Saturday, April 19.

Students in grades 3-8 will begin NWEA Testing on April 21, continuing through May 1.  Parents, please try to avoid making any appointments on these dates or planning vacations during this time.  Thank you.

North Adams’ Kindergarten Round-Up is set for Thursday, April 24, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Northwest Elementary School in Decatur.  All students attending kindergarten at Wyneken (even those who live in other school districts) need to attend this meeting.  If you are unable to attend this meeting, please contact Wyneken (639-6177).  They will send the packet of information to you when it becomes available to them.

Wyneken’s all-day, five-day a week care program is now open, with infants and toddlers now accepted.  If you would like more information on this program, please contact Wyneken or Tami Schultz, the Director of the program.    Remember, if you are able to support this ministry through donations or would like to volunteer some time, please contact the school office (639-6177) or Tami Schultz at school (639-6064) or her home (547-4540).  You can also reach the Child Care area by e-mailing daycare@wyneken.org.


The girls continue with soccer practice.  Their first game is scheduled for Wednesday, April 9.  The JV team plays St. Paul at St. Paul at 4:15 p.m. while the varsity squad faces Unity at Unity at 5:30 p.m.  Both squads play again on Friday, April 11.  The JV faces Holy Cross at 4:15 p.m. at Holy Cross while the varsity faces St. Peter at St. Peter at 5:30 p.m. 


TODAY 9:00 a.m. Worship Service with Holy Communion
  10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class
MONDAY 7:00 p.m. Busy Women’s Bible Study (Parish Hall)
  7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Class

6:00 a.m.

Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:00 p.m. Elders’ Meeting
  7:30 p.m. Trustees’ Meeting
  8:00 p.m. Council Meeting
WEDNESDAY All Day Tabea Society Extra Quilting
  8:20 a.m.  Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir

9:00 a.m.

LWML Bible Class
SATURDAY   Reservations for Friends of Wyneken bus trip needed


April 6

9:00 a.m.

Worship Service with Holy Communion

  10:15 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Class

PTL Mother/Son Bowling

  3:00 p.m. LLL-LWML Spring Rally @ Faith, Roanoke
  4:00 p.m. Hymn Sing @ Shepherd of the City, Ft. Wayne
April 7 7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Class

  7:00 p.m. Busy Woman’s Bible Class
April 8 6:00 a.m. Early-bird Bible Class
  9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:30 p.m. LWML Quarterly Meeting
April 9 8:20 a.m. Chapel @ Wyneken
  7:00 p.m. Choir
April 10 8:00 a.m. Thrivent Meeting @ Adams Memorial
  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class
  1:00 p.m. Pastor @ Woodcrest for Chapel
  7:00 p.m. Wyneken School Board
  7:00 p.m. Stewardship Meeting @ Blomenberg’s
April 11 6:00 p.m. PTL Square Dance @ Hayloft
April 12 8:00 a.m. Church Clean Up